The dominating theme of the 24 Prunkräume in the Schloss Eggenberg is astronomy and mythology. The Planet Hall, which is a riot of white...
The parkland has a Planetengarten on the same Renaissance theme of planets.
Alte Galerie & Museums
Graz' Schloss Eggenberg and park grounds are home to an ensemble of excellent museums, including the Alte Galerie (Old Gallery), with...
Electronic, retro theme nights and everything in between for 20-somethings and upwards, depending on the event. See the website for...
Supermarkets are plentiful throughout the city; there’s a Billa , a Eurospar and a Spar is located in the Hauptbahnhof .
Schloss Eggenberg information
Lonely Planet review
Situated on the western fringes of the city, Graz' elegant palace was created for the Eggenberg dynasty in 1625 by Giovanni Pietro de Pomis (1565–1633) at the request of Johann Ulrich (1568–1634). Admission is on a highly worthwhile guided tour during which you learn about the idiosyncrasies of each room, the stories told by the frescoes and about the Eggenberg family itself.
Johann Ulrich rose from ordinariness to become governor of Inner Austria in 1625, at a time when Inner Austria was a powerful province that included Styria, Carinthia, and parts of Slovenia and northern Italy. His baroque palace was built on a Gothic predecessor (which explains an interesting Gothic chapel in one section of the palace, viewed from a glass cube) and has numerous features of the Italian Renaissance, such as the magnificent courtyard arcades. The guided tour is in English or German and takes you through the 24 Prunkräume (staterooms), which, like everything else in the palace and gardens, are based around astronomy, the zodiac, and classical or religious mythology. The tour ends at Planet Hall, which is a riot of white stuccowork and baroque frescoes.